Would Kobe love Thibodeau as new Lakers coach?

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The LA Lakers are looking for a new head coach after previous incumbent, Mike D'Antoni, resigned from the position Wednesday.

The departure of the 62-year-old is likely to have pleased many associated with the Lakers franchise, with Magic Johnson amongst those to publicly proclaim his delight.

And Kobe Bryant is probably pretty high up on that list too, after hinting at his displeasure with the old coaching regime in recent months.

But who would the Lakers legend want to replace D'Antoni?

Well Yahoo! Sports NBA expert, Adrian Wojnarowski sees current Chicago Bulls head coach, Tom Thibodeau, as the prime candidate for Bryant:

"Bryant will wish for Tom Thibodeau to free himself from Chicago," said the analyst before mentioning Jeff Van Gundy and Ettore Messina as potential candidates.

Thibodeau has over 25 years experience in the NBA as both an assistant and a head coach and, after a .657 record as Bulls coach in the past four years, has developed a growing reputation in the game.

But it remains unlikely that he would jump ship in Chicago even if the call came from LA.

And Wojnarowski believes a far more likely, and profitable, scenario for Kobe and his team would be to employ former teammate Derick Fisher to steady a currently sinking ship.

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